In this article I address the topics of material culture and Portuguese ecclesiastical diplomacy by analysing the case study of Afonso de Castelo Branco, bishop-count of Coimbra. The bishop's correspondence kept in Archivio Segreto Vaticano made possible not only to ascertain who were his agents and contacts in Rome and the recipients of his diplomatic gifts, but also to identify the goods he selected for popes and cardinals bezoar stones, beads of calambuco, porcelains and amber gloves. Finally, I take into consideration Afonso Castelo Branco's means of consumption and diplomatic strategies assessing the purpose of his investment.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Revista de História da Sociedade e da Cultura|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- Diplomatic gifts
- Goods from Portuguese India trade route
- Amber gloves
- Habsburg Portugal